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FEDIOL Reaction to the European Parliament vote on the Renewable Energy Directive III

Date

15 Sep 2022

Sections

Energy

Brussels, 14 September 2022 - FEDIOL welcomes the European Parliament’s  decision to maintain the role of crop-based biofuels in meeting the EU’s transport  renewable energy target. However, it regrets the EP approach on high ILUC  feedstocks, which departs from the European Commission’s position and could  lead to further instability on the EU energy market. 

 

Following the vote on the revision of the Renewable Energy Directive (RED III), FEDIOL  is pleased that the European Parliament is aligned with the Commission and Council  on maintaining the 7% cap on crop-based biofuels. Crop-based biofuels are an  immediate and cost-effective tool to reduce emissions in the transport sector and will help  reduce the EU’s dependence on fossil fuel imports. Overall, maintaining crop-based biofuels  will support the EU’s energy security as well as its higher target for the use of renewable  energy by 2030. 

 

However, the European Parliament has taken a different approach to the  Commission and Council on the measures regarding high ILUC-risk feedstocks. While economic operators in the EU have been preparing for a phaseout of high ILUC-risk  feedstocks by 2030 as well as low ILUC-risk certification, the European Parliament proposes  to exclude them as of entry into force of the Directive. Furthermore, it has changed part  of the criteria adopted by the Commission on the determination of high ILUC-risk  feedstocks. Changing the criteria and shortening the transition time will be  disruptive and damaging to industries with negative repercussions on the  production of high protein feed.

 

An appropriate interim period should be maintained, in line with the RED II, to allow industries to adapt to the new provisions,  search for new raw material, and develop appropriate technologies.  It should be reminded that all soy and palm oil currently contributing to the EU renewable  energy targets comply with the strict sustainability requirements of RED II. Changing the  criteria of the Commission’s delegated act on high ILUC-risk feedstocks (i.e. lowering the  threshold for the average annual expansion of the global production area in high carbon  stocks to 7,9%) will also have a negative impact on soy production in the EU, including  Austria, Belgium, Italy, France, the Netherlands, Spain, and Greece. FEDIOL calls on the Council to stick to its decision to maintain the Commission’s  approach on high ILUC-risk provisions to avoid further disruptions to the EU’s  energy security and to EU industry

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